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Israel Among the Nations

Ronald Hendel

in Remembering Abraham

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177961
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195177967.003.0001
                   Israel Among the Nations

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Ancient Israel was a nation in the Near East, but it conceived of itself as a unique people. This chapter investigates the ways that Israel constructed its cultural identity in relation to its neighbors, and how its cultural, religious, and ethnic boundaries were contested and reinterpreted in various biblical texts.

Keywords: ancient Near East; cultural identity; ethnic boundaries

Chapter.  11929 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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